Massachusetts Asbestos regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Asbestos: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for asbestos: 40 CFR 61.140 to 61.157

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Asbestos abatement:

Licensing requirements: 453 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 6.03(2) and 453 CMR 6.05

Certification requirements: 453 CMR 6.06 to 6.09

Inspection requirements: 310 CMR 7.15(4) and 310 CMR 7.15(8)

Notification requirements: 453 CMR 6.12 and 310 CMR 7.15(6)

Recordkeeping requirements: 453 CMR 6.11

Emergency asbestos projects: 453 CMR 6.12

Work practice requirements: 453 CMR 6.13 to 6.15 and 310 CMR 7.15(7)

Disposal of asbestos waste:

Packaging and labeling: 310 CMR 7.15(15)

Transportation: 310 CMR 7.15(16)

Disposal facilities: 310 CMR 7.15(17) and 310 CMR 19.061

Waste shipment records: 310 CMR 7.15(18)


Asbestos analytic services: 453 CMR 6.08

Asbestos abatement: 453 CMR 6.10

Regulatory Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Occupational Safety (DOS) Asbestos Program

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Massachusetts' asbestos practices are generally governed by federal law. The state has been delegated authority by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer and enforce the asbestos NESHAP, the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), and the Asbestos School Hazard Revitalization Act (ASHARA).

In addition, the state has several more stringent requirements. State notification and worker protection requirements are broader than the federal rules and apply to almost all asbestos projects ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements